I found a nearly mint 1995 Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab, 4x4, with only 53,000 original, gentle, miles. This truck was owned by an older gentleman and was garaged most of its life. I could not find a rust spot on the body or frame (Under carriage appears to have been "Z-barted"....Only some of you will get that...). The engine and interior compartment are spotless. All the instruments and gauges still work. Although not my favorite color (white), I couldn't pass up this deal, $6,500.00 ! This is a bare-bones work truck, but I don't abuse it and use it as a gentle daily driver. I can afford a brand new Ford, but I'm not a lover of new vehicles; I like old technology. And although I would like a pick-up that is even older than this one, I have no complaints about this '95 Ford P/U. Because I didn't want to pass on this "all of a sudden; take it or leave it" deal, I did my research after the sale with my fingers crossed. I made a great choice. It has Ford's straight-line 6-cylinder and my research shows that this is one of the best motors Ford ever produced with some owners reporting 200 and 300, 000 miles with no major problems. I should get lots daily use with it only have 53,000 on it as it sits. I love these old trucks and the the security of all the steel that surrounds you when you're out on the road; you know you're in a truck! It would have also been a little more "manly" with a manual stick-shift instead of an automatic, but it shifts smoothly and has no hesitation when switching from drive to reverse or vice versa. I think I'll hold on to this old girl for a while and see how far see takes me.... :)
I bought this truck in '98 with 69k miles on it. The only major repair I had done was new gears in the rear end. Everything else is original. Oh yeah, I had to replace the battery a couple times. I wish Ford would go back to this truck.195k miles and still truckin'.
EXCELLENT TRUCK!. I HAVE A 4.9 STRAIGHT
SIX WITH A 5 SPEED. THE ONLY FUSS IS
REGARDING THE PLASTIC COMPONENTS USED
IN THE HYDRAULIC CLUTCH SYSTEM. THE
PLUNGER ROD THAT CONNECTS TO THE MASTER
CYLINDER IS MADE OF PLASTIC. IT IS HELD
IN PLACE WITH A PLASTIC BUSHING THAT
WEARS OUT EVERY 30,000 MILES. THESE
TWO CHEAP COMPONENTS CAUSE CLUTCH LOSS
MORE OFTEN THAN ANY TRUCK OWNER WOULD
EXPECT, HOWEVER THE PROBLEM IS EASY TO
FIX. JUST TAKE THE PLUNGER ROD OUT OF
THE CLUTCH MASTER CYLINDER AND HAVE
YOUR LOCAL MACHINE SHOP MAKE YOU ONE
OUT OF STEEL. PROBLEM SOLVED. NOW YOU
HAVE A BULLETPROOF 300,000 MILE TRUCK.
STRONG RELIABLE CONSTRUCTION OVERALL.
BULLETPROOF ENGINE AND POWERTRAIN
(EXCEPT FOR PLASTIC HYDRAULIC CLUTCH
COMPONENTS). MINE HAS 178,000 MILES. I
WOULD DRIVE IT TO ALASKA TOMORROW.
REPLACE CLUTCH MASTER AND SLAVE
CLYINDERS WITH METAL COMPONENTS INSTEAD
OF PLASTIC. THESE ARE THE ONLY THINGS
PREVENTING THIS RIDE FROM A 100%